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Volunteer with us!

Volunteers are very important in the lives of youth. At Home Base YK, we love hearing from people in the community who want to volunteer!

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We are looking for volunteers in a variety of roles. Depending on your interests, skills, and commitment level, we likely have an opportunity for you. 

COOKING / kitchen volunteer

  • Plan and prepare nutritious meals for youth based on recipes provided by Home Base YK or based on personal recipes 

  • Include youth in cooking at either the Youth Centre kitchen or the Youth Dorms kitchen to teach cooking skills

  • Assist in creating grocery lists and meal preparation

  • Maintain a clean and safe kitchen environment

  • Ideally, meals are large enough for 10-15 youth

  • Commitment: at least 6 months, minimum 2 hours per week

YOUTH Centre Volunteer

  • Spend afternoons or evenings at the Youth Centre engaging with youth

  • Participate in planned activities and support staff in creating a safe and fun environment

  • Support staff to complete required duties (ex. Complete youth sign-in and sign-out, complete daily task list)

  • Be a positive role model for the youth

  • Commitment: at least 6 months, minimum 2 hours per week

workshop leader

  • Plan, advertise, and/or run classes or workshops for youth, hosted at the Youth Centre or at other community locations

  • Collaborate with Home Base YK staff to ensure workshops align with organizational goals

  • Share skills and knowledge to empower youth and provide them with opportunities to discover new interests

  • Commitment: can range from a one-time activity to longer term (ex. multi-year, ongoing volunteering weekly)

YOUTH program volunteer

  • Join the programs staff team to support youth during recreational and arts & culture programs

  • Participate in various activities such as soccer, basketball, swimming, day trips, pottery, gymnastics, sewing, beading, and more

  • Ensure the safety and well-being of youth during recreational events

  • Commitment: at least 6 months, minimum 2 hours per week

Repair and maintenance volunteer

  • Assist with repair and maintenance tasks at various youth housing program locations

  • Follow safety protocols and report any hazards or concerns to staff

  • Work collaboratively with other volunteers and staff to ensure the upkeep of facilities

  • Commitment: can range from a one-time activity to longer term (ex. multi-year, ongoing volunteering weekly)

employment and tutoring volunteer

  • Support youth in reaching education and employment goals 

  • Assist with resume building, practice interview skills, and help with homework

  • Foster a positive and encouraging atmosphere for youth to build self-confidence

  • Commitment: at least 6 months, minimum 2 hours per week

New Volunteer Orientation Checklist

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Volunteer Program Guidelines and Policies

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Home Base YK has partnered with the Foster Family Coalition to also run a Volunteer Mentorship Program for children and youth in our community. As a mentor, you will get matched with a child or youth and spend time one on one with them weekly or bi-weekly. Please head to the Foster Family Coalition of the Northwest Territories website if you'd like more information on how to volunteer as a one on one mentor with a child or youth: https://www.ffcnwt.com/volunteer

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Not sure about volunteering, but want to contribute somehow?

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